He is staying consistent and loving the added energy he gets each day from Mila. Bill is sure to get the right amount of Mila by adding 2 scoops to his smoothie every morning. He enjoyed reading all the comments and words of encouragement from the previous post.
My dad returned the glass container full of Mila bars empty with a note that read, “please re-fill.” He and I definitely share our love for chocolate and sweets. Sometimes having a “healthy” something yummy around can satisfy your sweet tooth and help you avoid impulsively eating JUNK.
In honor of this love for chocolate, I made some Chocolate Mila Balls. They were easy to prepare (no cooking at all): almond butter, coconut, Mila, chocolate powder, and honey. They are surprisingly delicious, chocolatey, and sweet enough to satisfy the craving for a treat.
Fatty Fish. Why it’s a good arthritis food:Omega-3s decrease the production of chemicals that spread inflammation, plus they inhibit enzymes that trigger it – “a dual benefit,” Bonci says. Fatty fish also contain vitamin D, which helps prevent swelling and soreness. How much to eat:Add at least one gram of omega-3s a day into your arthritis diet. Four ounces of salmon, for example, has 1.5 grams of omega-3. One scoop of Mila is 3 grams, which means Bill is getting 6 grams a day from a plant based food (no mercury or toxins)!
Extra-virgin olive oil. Why it’s a good arthritis food:Olive oil contains oleocanthal,which blocks enzymes involved in inflammation. About 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil acts like one-tenth of a dose of ibuprofen, according to a study at the Monnell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. That may not be much, but small dietary changes add up.
Sweet peppers, citrus fruits and other vitamin C-rich foods. Why it’s a good arthritis food:Vitamin C protects collagen, a major component of cartilage. Inadequate amounts may increase your risk for some kinds of arthritis.
Brazil nuts. Why it’s a good arthritis food:Brazil nuts contain huge amounts of selenium – 272 micrograms in just three or four nuts, compared to 63 micrograms in 3 ounces of tuna. Low selenium may also be linked to rheumatoid arthritis. The mineral helps antioxidants clear out cell-damaging free radicals, aids the regulation of the thyroid gland and may prevent cancer. How much to eat:55-200 micrograms a day.
Onions and leeks. Why it’s a good arthritis food:Onions and leeks contain quercetin, an antioxidant that may inhibit inflammatory chemicals, much like aspirin and ibuprofen do. Kale, cherry tomatoes or apples are high in quercetin. How much to eat:One-half cup of a high-quercetin food a day.
Tart cherries. Why it’s a good arthritis food:A University of Michigan study suggests that a diet plump with tart cherries can cut inflammation in animals by 50%. And a 2009 study at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas found that 56% of patients with osteoarthritis had more than 20% improvement in pain and function after taking cherry pills for eight weeks. How much to eat:Half-cup of tart cherries – fresh, frozen, canned or dried – or 8 ounces of juice.
Green tea. Why it’s a good arthritis food:Studies show that certain antioxidant compounds in the brew lessen the incidence and severity of arthritis. How much to drink:3-4 cups a day. Skip the decaffeinated version, which robs the tea of some of the helpful nutrients. “Green tea won’t take all your pain away,” Bonci says, but it can help.
Foods to Avoid
Shellfish, red meat (only if you have gout). Why they hurt:Gout results from the build-up of uric acid in the blood, which forms crystals that painfully settle in the joints. Swap them for these great arthritis foods:No more than 5-6 ounces of lean meat, poultry or fish a day.
Sunflower, safflower, corn and soybean oils. Why they hurt:They’re high in omega-6 fatty acids, which increase inflammation. Watch out: These oils are prevalent in U.S.-made baked goods and snacks. Swap them for these great arthritis foods: Switch to healthy olive or nut oils. The article didn’t mention coconut oil, but I have found great benefits to using coconut oil!
Sugar. Why it hurts:Some studies suggest that sugar may increase inflammation. Although it offers a quick energy boost, the high doesn’t last, which can be a drag for arthritis sufferers who already suffer from fatigue. Sugar is also high in calories, which leads to weight gain and added pressure on your joints. Swap it for this great arthritis food:An occasional sweet is fine, but most days enjoy the natural sweetness of fresh fruit instead. Sorry, dad!! I would suggest maple syrup or coconut sugar as alternative sweetners–more research on that to come.
Dad went on a long bike ride in Sebastopol, fueled by Mila. While eating right is critical with conditions such as Arthritis, exercise is also important, not to mention that getting out and doing the things you love is good for your well being.